The Evening Star MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1889.
! Tb.p Maori boy Abrahams, who was burned at a fire at Kaiwawa (Auckland) on the 26th uit., died on Thursday. Tho Mariposa, with English mails of August 10, loft San Francisco on August 25, one day late ; and the Zealandia, with the | colonial mails of August 12, reached Sau I Francisco on the 31st ult, her contract if me. Tho occupants of a residence on Carlton terrace, Christchurch, on Thursday, had a bad quarter of an hour with an intruder. A stray horse made his way into the kitchen, and evinced a strong determination to stay there. The efforts made to dislodge him put hia back up, and he smashed up a dresser and sundry chaira. The occupier called his neighbors to his assistance, and they assembled in force, They tried all they knew to show the horse hia way out, but hfl would not see it. lie would only go out by tha window, and this he smashed and cut his head severely in fruitless endeavors to get out. After "ha had badly damaged several doors in the house, and kept the occupants in a state of alarm for a long time, the horse was at last hauled out of the house by main force. A Chinaman named Voi Leong, convicted cf robbing $ tail race, has been sentenced by the Cromwell Bench to four months' imprisonment with hard labor. The owner of the tail race, a Europecn miner, said that both himself and his mate found It necessary to watch their claim at night, so prevalent had this kind of robbery become. A short time after leaving his claim ou the evening of the robbery he saw the Chinaman induztriously working at his tail race, and giving chase he ran him to earth in his hut. Voi Leong mildly pleaded for a mitigation of his punishment, on the ground that he had been rudely disturbed before he had time to try the quality of the wash-dirt: otherwise (the conclusion is) he would have done something to entitle him to notice, The short telegram from Gisborne relative to the case of cruelty to a child of £even, which was investigated there a few days after the Abbott case at Christchurch, did not give any particulars of the naturo of the ill-treatment. Fuller accounts appear in the Wellington papero, which show that tho woman who was sentenced to three months' imprisonment richly deserved the sentence. The woman is a half-caste. One witness said the woman and child had livod at his house for the last two months. Had heard on many occasions the woman delivering heavy blows, as with a boot or pioco of wood, and the child Bcreaming or groaning. The woman never beat tho child in his presence, but took him into her room, and there night after night used to bully and beat the boy because he would not learn his lessons. Never a kind word was spoken to him, although he was a good boy. Another, an employe of tho first witness, said the woman was always nagging at him, so th&t he was too frightened to eat, and when people'<s ViacUs were turned Bne used to beat him. One day he found his stout riding whip broken, and the boy said it had been broken on him. Sergeant Bullen stated that .this cruelty had never before been reported to him but once, and then tho witnesses all disappeared. Ho greatly blamed the neighbors. At a recent volunteer gathering in England Lord Wolseley said that with regard to shooting whst was required was that the bulk of men ia a porps should shoot well ; that there should be a high, average of shooting rather thatfa Bmajl number of men who could bit a bull's eye at great distances, it WHS the greatest possible delusion to Imagine that shooting at these long distances, and being ftbla to hit a bull's-eye at 800 yds or I,oooyds, was a very wonderful military feat. It was interesting from & shooting point of view, but it was no great feat from a military point of view. Military effioienay lay in having a large proportion of average shots in a regiment. Alluding to the new drill which had jast been published, His Lordship said he would beg all the students of war, whether voljjnteer or regular, to take not so much the actual letter of that book as the spirit which pervaded the whole work from beginning to end. There was a very great difference between the ordinary drill which took place in the barrack yard and the manceuvwa required on the day of the battle. The manoeuvres required on the day of battle were very few nidped. What was required was that they should keep their faces fixed yary steadily on the enemy, and go straight tor him. All those wonderful formations which they had hitherto been in i the habit of praotising were absolutely as | useless for war purposes as if the men were to be taught to shoot wity the crossbow.
The fee for the registration of letters has been reduced to threepence, instead of sixpence, as formerly. Mr 0. Buckley writes that the statement a 8 to the changes in the directors of tho Bank of New Zealand is, as far a3 regards himself aiid Mr John M'Lean, different from tho actual facts.
Yo-dnv'a I'.ilile/'nrns report, tho doith of :iii -.!■: iSn'iitv)' :J. 'iiv..'; lie. i'.tr.irtf 'v. Hw, : l:" ■<;;;-. vUyv, right. \\ w. i:'.i.-wn }<i i'-inertia the " aixti:-^" ;1.-< Faww.lt. i'.ml wa* a lfadi:!,u niaa in thos« il;iy;i V< ClartJijee Jioi.t'a other companies ll!'*t performed in the old Princess's. A tire occurred in the pattern room at I .nke ui"i Son's foundry, Wellington, at 4.00 a.m., d ing considerable damage, The pljws v.t.m "insured in the South British Oifiao, which paid L 350 this morning to make the damage good. The fire is believed to have been caused by a swagger or by some maliciously-disposed person.
It is reported that two members of tho police force settled a long-standing dispute after a severe fight on Saturday evening. They locked themselves in a stable, and fought desperately for some considerable time, they being eventually separated after the door had been broken in by their more peaceably disposed comrades. The matter has been reported to headquarter?. The sitting of the City Licensing Bench this morning lasted only a few minutes, noopposition being offered to any of the applications, which were all granted, including a license for the Exhibition. In answer to the Committee, the Inspector of Police reported favorably as to the provision made by licensees for escape in case of fire, referring specially to the arrangements made by Mr Watson of tho Grand Hotel, Mr Nixson of the City Hotel, and Miss Gebbie of the Shamrock Hotel.
Tho usual fortnightly meeting of the University Debating Society was held in Professor ShaDd's class room on Friday evening, and was very largely attended. Dr Barclay occupied the chair, and the reading was delivered by Mr Craig, who chose for his subject ' Maro Antony's Funeral Oration.' A paper on • Julius Craar' was then read by Miss Ross, and criticised by Messrs Line, Craig, James, Mullin, Spencer, and M'Donald. Miss Fraser read a paper on the 'Type of National Character being Developed in New Zealand,' which provoked a very animated discussion, in which Messrs M'Adam, Morgan, Spencer, Craig, M'Donald, Dickey, James, and Miss Freeman took part.
At a meeting of the Committee of Management of tho Otago Educational Institute held at tho Normal School on Saturday the following resolutions were carried unanimously :—" (I) The Committee of Management regret that whereas the Board recognise the right of teachers, along with other members of the community, to express their opinions regarding any lino of policy adopted by the Board, and whereas Mr White, when requested by tho Board to explain the words to which it took exception, affirmed that lie had criticised only tho Board's line of policy in regard to the 'three-name' system, the Board, in the face of this explanation, have seen fit to pass a vote of ceDsure on Mr White. (2) The Committee are further of opinion that the Board were unjust to Mr Wliito in proceeding to put an unfavorable interpretation on Mr White's words before asking him for an explanation." Tho half-yearly meeting of the United Otago District of the Ancient Order of Foresters was held at Oamaru on Fiiday, when there were present representatives from Court Pride of Dunedin, Court EuterBrise,8 rise, Court Pride of Leith, Court Pride of amaru, Court Star of Tuapeka, and Court St. Andrew. A letter w:is received from the Registrar of Friendly Socities complaining of tho Dunedin lodges not sending in returns, and of the Tuapeka and a Dunstan lodgo not answering questions regarding returns. A letter was received from Nelson district relative to a presentation to the P.S. and assistant secretary of the Order, intimating that the Order should take action as a whole. It was resolved that the Otago District, through the various courts, be asked to take joint action in the matter. Business of local interest wns transacted, and it was decided to ask the Otago Friendly Societies to take steps ta have a demonstration on the occasion of tiie opening of the Dunedin Exhibition. It was resolved to writo to tho Colonial Secretary protesting against any member of a friendly society sitting on the Commission ■appointed to inquire into the position of friendly societies in New Zealand,
A notice to members of Enterprise Lodge, U.A.0.D., appears in this issue. At tho Raikorai Football Club's dinner, held at tho Shamrock Hotel hat Friday eveuing. tho preoitV-Tit (Mr B. Chisholm), on behalf of tho residents of the Kaikorai district, presented Mr P. Kcogh with one of the c!ub's caps, and with a handsome silver-mounted pipe, the gift of the First Fifteen, Mr Keogh biiefly responded, thanking the donors of both gifts heartily for the pres-nto, which he assured them he highly esteemed.
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